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A Tale of Two Cities: Resurrection

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A Tale of Two Cities: Resurrection It is Rig Veda who once said, "Life, death and rebirth are inevitable." Likewise, resurrection is an inevitable theme found throughout the plot of A Tale of Two Cities. Many of the characters in the novel are involved with the interlocking themes of love, redemption, and good versus evil. The theme of resurrection involves certain aspects of all of these themes and thus, brings the story together. The first of many to experience resurrection in A Tale of Two Cities is Dr. Manette. After being taken away from his pregnant wife, he is then imprisoned for eighteen devastating years. Over the course of these years, his sanity deteriorates to the point where he forgets his real name and mindlessly makes shoes to pass the time. In "Book the First", he is released by the French government and then put in the care of Monsieur Defarge. He is then suddenly "recalled to life" (19, 35). However, his rebirth has just begun and does not become complete until he is reunited with his daughter; Lucie Manette. ...read more.

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The reader later realizes the significance of the activities of the resurrection-man in "Book the Third." In the battle of good versus evil in A Tale of Two Cities, good tends to resurrect or be resurrected, while the forces of evil mimic the theme of resurrection. This concept is shown twice in the novel by Old Foulon and Roger Cly. Old Foulon, the evil French aristocrat, fakes his own death so that he will not be slaughtered by the revolution. However, he is later then found alive and is murdered anyway. This pattern of false death and false resurrection is also followed by Roger Cly. He too is evil, faking his death and being "reborn" as a spy again in a different country. In "Book the Third," the theme of resurrection plays an essential role in the development of the plot. Miss Pross, Lucie's governess, recognizes the spy Barsad as her lost brother, Solomon. In the eyes of Miss Pross, Solomon is resurrected and her brother is restored. Sydney Carton, a quick-minded but depressed English alcoholic, meets Barsad and shortly after, Jerry Cruncher reveals to them that Roger Cly is in fact not dead. ...read more.

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The switch is done successfully and Carton then fully realizes what he has done. He does not back away from his inevitable death; instead, he embraces it. Knowing that his action will allow Lucie to live happily, Carton levels to a state of satisfaction. In his final moments before death, Carton is portrayed as some sort of God. He is giving up his life so that others may enjoy theirs. Just before he is beheaded, the words of Jesus are mentioned; "I am the Resurrection and the life, saith the Lord: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die" (366). After Carton is beheaded, Darnay and his family escape to England. The reader gets a brief glimpse of their life after they escape and how Sydney Carton is literally resurrected. Carton lives on and with the end of the book the final resurrection occurs. Capturing the style of Dickens' writing, A Tale of Two Cities contains the classic themes of love, redemption, and good versus evil which are all included in the use of the resurrection theme. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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